When given a time ultimatum, join the Czech tour…

Jul 4, 2007 by

Mostly this is scenic pictures of Chesky Krumlov, but also one funny story.At 3:58pm, me and two of my fellow travelers (Tom and Jan) wanted to go on a guided tour of the Castle. You can ONLY go in the castle on a guided tour. We had to meet the rest of our group at the
bottom of the hill in front of our hotel at 5pm. Of course, the only English tour (tours lasted 60 minutes)
was at 4:30. So then we tried for a tour in German… sold out. So then we asked for ANY tour at 4pm and landed ourselves on a tour in Czech.

Actually it turned out quite well, because the guide took pity on us and gave us an English text describing all the rooms and… the tour was 60 czech crowns cheaper to do it in Czech. It was well worth it, especially the last room which was entirely frescoed with masked characters and made to look like an outdoor town square.

Here’s Tom (from Great Britain) in the castle tower.

And here’s me with the town of Chesky Krumlov behind me.

Bye for now.

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  1. ohiochemengr

    This comment is not related to castles, but is related to the region you’re in, ie. Eastern Europe. In particular I want to recommend that you look for a particular food, namely chopska salad. I used to always have it at an Eastern European restaurant in my home town, and I also used to make it at home (when I still cooked). It consists of chopped raw cabbage, chopped cucumbers, either chopped tomatoes or tomato wedges, crumbled feta cheese and Italian dressing. It is my favorite salad, but all the chopping does make it rather labor intensive.

    Actually, I heard it mentioned a few years ago on Rick Steves’ travel show on public television, “Travels in Europe”, when Steves was in, OK, one of the Eastern European countries. Chopska salad was served at a dinner he attended at a resident’s home. I recall that Steves’ listed the ingredients in the voiceover; he listed one additional ingredient to the list above, namely red peppers, but the cabbage was missing.

    I just searched Steves’ web site and found transcripsts of each epsisode, with the shows conveniently segregated by country or region. Here’s the appropriate quote: “The meal invariably begins with the standard Bulgarian Shopska salad. It’s made with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and Bulgarian feta or goat cheese.”

    Personally, I think the cabbage needs to be included; it replaces lettuce as the base of the salad. I could eat chopska salad every day. Enjoy!

  2. ohiochemengr

    Continuing the above comment, I just found a link to “shopska” salad in Wikipedia. I’m listing the link here so you can see the translated words to look for on menus in various Eastern European languages.


  3. momma k

    I love the pictures of this beautiful and quaint city. I will definitely put this on my list of “places to visit.”

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